Minutes 11.17.11

Minutes 11.17.11

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Executive Management Group
Minutes – 11.17.11


Pediatric Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.

Present (underlined) were: Peter Ham, Donald Innes (Chair), John Jackson, Keith Littlewood, Nancy McDaniel , Bart Nathan, Mary Kate Worden


  1. Assessment Evaluation Committee.  The Assessment Evaluation Ad Hoc Committee has been reviewing both formative and summative exams and making recommendations to the System Leaders.   The Curriculum Committee will formalize this Committee leadership and membership.  The group will be lead by Jim Martindale and Sabrina Nunez and all system leaders will be invited to join.  The name should be “Assessment Evaluation Committee”.

  2. Exam Feedback Issues.  A proposal to pilot “immediate” feedback on exams prior to Thanksgiving and Winter Break was distributed.

    The Committee discussed the proposal – both pros and cons.   It was agreed that the program would be piloted for the exams prior to Thanksgiving and Winter Break 2011.  Students will only review their incorrect questions and will have one half hour to review the questions and challenge an answer.  They will not be given grades but will be made aware that correct answers may change after the challenge process and that this may affect their grades.   The pilot will be monitored carefully to determine the number of students who receive false negative reports, the number of frantic e-mails received by the system leaders involved, the number of students who see scores drop after challenged questions are discarded, and whether student scores improved on the exams over the course of the weekend.  The students will also be polled on how helpful they found this immediate feedback.  The group agreed that student regulations for the “immediate” feedback be spelled out in easy to read – very noticeable language on the review.

  3. Clerkship Passports for 2012-13.  Don Innes will contact John Jackson and Veronica Michaelsen to see if the electronic integrated passport can be ready to use by February 2012 when the clerkships begin.  This new passport would combine activities for all the clerkships onto one electronic document. Faculty in multiple clerkships and departments will be signing off on the successful achievement of the designated skills and required patient encounters.  If the electronic passport is ready in February the Committee would like to see it implemented this year with careful monitoring.  The passport should be accessible through students’ iPad or iPhone.  Because of this year’s overlap period if the passport cannot be ready by February, the current passports will need to be copied quickly so that clerkships have enough for the overlap period.


Donald J. Innes, Jr., M.D.